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Positive move, says SC on Delhi government formation effort

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 30 Oktober 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday described as positive the reports that lt governor Najeeb Jung would be consulting all the political parties in its efforts to form a government in Delhi.

The apex court constitution bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said that as per the newspaper reports there is a positive move by the lt governor that he is going to consult all the political parties in his efforts to form a government in Delhi.

The court said that there are situations with a party not having majority forms the government with outside support.

READ ALSO: Centre may wait for bypoll results to decide on government in Delhi

As the court said this, Aam Aadmi Party counsel Prashant Bhushan said that this was another attempt to deny people of their right to have a representative government.

However, he said that they have no objection in giving lt governor another chance to explore the possibility of forming the government, but it should be time bound.

The court also observed that if by chance, the lt governor fails and the formation of the government is not possible, he may seek the advice of the President and he will take a call.

Having said this, the court adjourned till November 11 hearing on the AAP petition seeking dissolution of the assembly and holding of fresh elections.

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North Corporation to report on `illegal' mall

NEW DELHI: A mall allegedly built illegally in Kirti Nagar came under the scanner of Delhi high court on Wednesday after it asked North Delhi Municipal Corporation to file a status report.

HC's direction came on a PIL seeking demolition of the "illegal" mall. A division bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul gave North Corporation till November 19 to apprise it of the circumstances in which the mall was built and if it is illegal. The court also tagged the petition with a case it is hearing on unauthorised constructions in the city.

Filed by NGO Pardarshita, the petition has alleged that the land on which Moments Mall is built, was originally sanctioned for a steel tank factory . NGO president Harkishan Das Nijhawan has alleged that mall is neither approved by the competent authority nor regularized by NDMC.Nijhawan has claimed they wrote to the NDMC commissioner but nothing has been done so far.

"Direct NDMC to demolish the illegal and unauthorised construction in Kirti Nagar which falls under the North Corporation's jurisdiction," the plea added.

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Quota can't help transgender kids in school

NEW DELHI: The "transgender child" in now eligible for free seats in Delhi's private schools. Included in the "disadvantaged groups" on October 9, they can apply in the 25% Economically Weaker Section-DG category but activists argue that securing seats was never the biggest problem for this group anyway. Staying in school once they - and others - notice they're different and the bullying begins, is the real challenge.

For most, quota rights in school education are exercised at entry-level when the child is too young to know if he belongs to the transgender community. "The population of hermaphrodites is miniscule. Most of these kids are born with either male or female anatomical features and their gender is decided by parents based on them," says Firoz Khan from National Coalition for People Living with Aids (NCPI+). "It's much later, when they hit puberty or even later, that they start feeling like they don't belong to the bodies they have," says Anjan Joshi of Society for People's Awareness, Care & Empowerment (SPACE). By then, most are also beyond the purview of the Right to Education Act and the 25% free seats it mandates.

"These kids aren't discriminated against officially but are severely bullied and physically abused," explains Khan, "They get no support - usually not even from families - and drop out." Teena, now 25, dropped out of her all-boys government school in north Delhi in sixth grade. "I had complained to teachers but they too abused me," she says. Shagun, 24, who left school after grade 10 is trying to keep her teenaged chelas (disciples) in. "There are about 16 kids from Timarpur. They are routinely beaten up, even attacked with blades," she says. Of her own experience she recounts, "I realized I was different in third or fourth grade. The boys in my class laughed at me, said I should be abused." She changed school in class nine - from private to government - but the environment was the same at both.

"There is a Prevention of Atrocities Act for SC/STs," says Joshi, "We want the same for people who don't follow prescribed gender norms. Till you make the environment secure, this sort of reservation won't help children."

Delhi schools aren't ready; most aren't even trying to be. Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, is arguably the only exception. They started the "human rights campaign about LGBTQI (lesbian-gay-bisexual-trangender-queer-intersex) community" in 2013 when principal Madhulika Sen cleared the proposal realizing "abuse starts at school level." About 40 kids signed up as volunteers. "We sent circulars to the parents and except from two-three, there was barely any resistance. The team went through 25 hours of training. A presentation was created which we took to two-three schools but others haven't been very forthcoming," she says. The presentation addresses questions on history, biology and the law. "The idea is to broaden the mind of the children and demolish preconceived notions," says Sen. Her students were present with their school banner at protests against the Supreme Court's decision to nullify the Delhi High Court's order reading down Section 377. She too asks how school authorities will know about gender identity necessary for the quota. "As for facilities," she says, "As far as I'm concerned, he or she will be like any other child."

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Arvind Mayaram gets third transfer within a month

NEW DELHI: Barely a fortnight after the Centre shifted out finance secretary Arvind Mayaram as tourism secretary, he has been shunted yet again, this time to the post of secretary, minority affairs.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Thursday canceled its October 16 order appointing Mayaram, an IAS officer of 1978 batch belonging to Rajasthan cadre, as secretary, ministry of tourism. He has now been named as secretary, ministry of minority affairs, upon incumbent Lalit K Panwar, a 1979 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, relinquishing charge of the post.

Panwar will move out as secretary, tourism, in the vacancy of Parvez Dewan, a Jammu & Kashmir cadre IAS officer of 1977 batch. Dewan is due to retire at the end of this month.

READ ALSO: Mehrishi is economic affairs secretary, Mayaram shifted out of finance

Meanwhile, Ratan P Watal, secretary, expenditure, in the finance ministry, will hold additional charge as secretary, department of economic affairs, until Rajiv Mehrishi, appointed to the key post on October 16, assumes charge. Mehrishi, as chief secretary of Rajasthan, has been known for his pro-reforms approach.

According to the ACC order issued on Thursday, Watal has been assigned additional charge of the post of secretary, department of economic affairs, for a period of one month with immediate effect or until the assumption of charge of the post by Mehrishi, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.


(Union finance minister Arun Jaitley along with Arvind Mayaram addresses a press conference in New Delhi: File photo)

Mehrishi was brought in place of Mayaram, a UPA government appointee, a fortnight back as part of the first major shuffle of top civil servants since PM Modi took office on May 26. The reshuffle in the finance ministry came ahead of start of the budget preparation exercise.

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Govt proposes to cut duration of training programme for IAS officers from 8 weeks to 7 weeks

NEW DELHI: The government proposes to cut the duration of mid-career training programme (MCTP) for IAS officers, which they must undergo in two phases between completing 7 years and 16 years of service, to 7 weeks from the existing 8 weeks. Also, it has mooted a relaxation in eligibility criteria for last phase of their training, from completion of 26-28 years of service to 23-24 years.

Mid-career training programme is mandatory for IAS officers and is conducted over three phases, called Phase III (at 7-9 years of service), Phase IV (at 14-16 years of service) and Phase V (at 26-28 years of service). The completion of these phases is linked to further increments and promotion. While the duration of Phase III and Phase IV programmes is 8 weeks, the Phase V training stretches over 5 weeks.

""It is now proposed that the duration of Phase III and Phase IV is reduced by one week, i.e. from 8 to 7 weeks; (and) eligibility condition of 26-28 years of service for Phase V is reduced to 23-24 years,"" DoPT said in a note issued on Thursday. Accordingly, it has sought comments from various stakeholders on the proposed changes before November 4, 2014.

MCTP for IAS was made mandatory on the basis of recommendations of various committees on civil services reforms. IAS Pay Rules were amended in 2007 to make completion of various phases a pre-requisite for further increments/promotion. Accordingly, DoPT implemented the three-phased mid-career training architecture.

The programmes aim to impart structured training to officers at key inflection points in their service career. In the first cycle from 2007-09, the programme was directly implemented by DoPT on an outsourcing basis through selected national and international partner institutions. From 2010, the responsibility for design and delivery of all the phases was entrusted to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. By the end of 2014, 8 rounds of Phase III and V and 9 rounds of Phase IV would be completed.

On an average, around 90-100 participants have been attending each of the phases of the programme. (ENDS)

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Cops assault reporter in Trilokpuri

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 29 Oktober 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: A journalist working with Nav Bharat Times was allegedly assaulted by a group of policemen when he had visited the riot-hit Trilokpuri on Tuesday. The reporter, Rajesh Saroha, claims he reached block number 11 during the hours when prohibitory orders were lifted.

Saroha said a group of policemen led by an inspector stopped him saying that there was a restriction on the entry to this area. As he was about to leave the spot, the inspector, later identified as SHO Vivek Vihar Rakesh Sangwan, allegedly turned up. "The inspector started abusing me and asked me to leave immediately," he said. When Saroha protested he was pushed and beaten up with batons by the policemen.

When Saroha informed DCP Ajay Kumar about the incident, he reached the spot and asked the SHO to apologise to the reporter. The commissioner of police has also promised action against the inspector.

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RTR flyover OK, but PWD gets 2 weeks for diversions

NEW DELHI: Giving its conditional nod to PWD's ambitious project to construct a three-lane flyover parallel to the RTR one, the Delhi high court said traffic police must decongest alternative routes within two weeks to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

A bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul permitted PWD to start the tendering process for the flyover, saying the agencies must also make operational alternative routes.

"In two weeks time you have to show us how you are going to de-stress the two junctions, one connecting the Outer Ring Road and Nelson Mandela Marg and the other connecting Mehrauli-Mahipalpur Road with a six lane DDA road which will take traffic to NH-8 and the airport," the court noted.

The bench told the authorities to decongest the two junctions after PWD gave a power point presentation on how they intend to divert the traffic during building of the three-lane flyover parallel to the one existing at RTR Marg on the Outer Ring Road.

Appearing for the agency advocate Ferida Satarawala assured the court that encroachments along side the alternative routes will be removed. She also pointed that a 'Shani Mandir' below the existing RTR flyover encroaches public land beyond space sanctioned for it under the master plan. Despite writing to the state government's religious committee, there has been no action taken, she said.

The bench then asked PWD to file an application which will be taken up for hearing next time. HC is hearing a plea by resident welfare associations of Vasant Vihar challenging PWD's decision to build a three-lane flyover.

PWD and Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre told the court that traffic will never be disturbed in the project which will be completed in seven phases in 24 months covering a stretch of 2.5 kms.

The court made it clear that it will not stop the construction work and wanted the residents to cooperate with the authorities. The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on November 18.

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Drone helps police scan Trilokpuri locality

NEW DELHI: Even as curfew remained in force in Trilokpuri on Day 5, the police carried out massive door-to-door search operations and recovered a huge amount of weapons and bottles of acid. For the first time, Delhi Police used a drone during the riot investigations.

The search operation started on Monday evening after procuring warrants. Cops formed several teams comprising a senior officer, women personnel and constables, who were supported by Rapid Action Force sleuths.

By Tuesday evening, the cops had searched 609 houses in eight blocks. Most recoveries were made from blocks 15, 20, 26, 27 and 28. Sources said intelligence officials were also present in plainclothes.

A police officer said around 70 bags containing around 1,000 bricks and stones were seized from the rooms and terraces of the houses. Besides, cops seized five bags of acid bottles, around a dozen swords and meat cleavers and two dozen knives. Five people were arrested. Cops said the drive will continue till all suspects are arrested.

The drone was a huge help as it could hover around multiple terraces and scan them within minutes. Delhi Police have procured two more drones with night vision after its use helped nab suspects and scan the area.


Delhi Police use a drone camera in Trilokpuri, four days after a clash between two groups. (TOI Photo by Sanjeev Rastogi)

The curfew was lifted between 2pm and 5pm during which essential supplies were distributed to people. Cops will also lift the curfew from 11am onwards for Chhath Puja. However, this will only be allowed if nothing sensitive is observed, an officer said.

Police are sanitizing the entire area so that tensions don't escalate again. Cops have also asked for the mobile and CCTV footages and appealed people to maintain peace through loudspeakers.

Special commissioner (law & order) Deepak Mishra said he was monitoring the situation closely and appealed to people to not indulge in rumour mongering. "We have been getting hoax calls and a team is probing them. Those found to be creating panic and mischief will not be spared," Mishra said. Joint commissioner of police Sanjay Baniwal said they hope to restore normalcy in the area in the next few days.

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Cops assault reporter in Delhi's Trilokpuri area

NEW DELHI: A journalist working with Nav Bharat Times was allegedly assaulted by a group of policemen when he had visited the riot-hit Trilokpuri on Tuesday. The reporter, Rajesh Saroha, claims he reached block number 11 during the hours when prohibitory orders were lifted.

Saroha said a group of policemen led by an inspector stopped him saying that there was a restriction on the entry to this area. As he was about to leave the spot, the inspector, later identified as SHO Vivek Vihar Rakesh Sangwan, allegedly turned up. "The inspector started abusing me and asked me to leave immediately," he said. When Saroha protested he was pushed and beaten up with batons by the policemen.

When Saroha informed DCP Ajay Kumar about the incident, he reached the spot and asked the SHO to apologise to the reporter. The commissioner of police has also promised action against the inspector.

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Delhi LG to talk to parties on govt formation, meets Rajnath

NEW DELHI: Lt governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday decided to invite political parties to explore possibility of government formation in Delhi, a day after Supreme Court's rap over delay in taking a decision on the issue.

Jung, who returned from a foreign trip on Tuesday night, met Union home minister Rajnath Singh this morning and apprised him of his move to call the parties before taking a final decision on ending the political uncertainty in Delhi which is under President's Rule since February after the AAP government's resignation.

"In view of the President's approval to explore the possibility of installing a popular government in Delhi, the lt governor would be exploring the possibilities with the leaders of all political parties over the next few days," LG's office said.

READ ALSO: SC can't dictate President to dissolve assembly: Centre

Sources in LG's office said BJP, the single largest party in the assembly, may be invited "at the earliest" to know their views on government formation followed by AAP and Congress.

On Tuesday, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that President Pranab Mukherjee had accepted a proposal by the LG to invite the BJP to take a shot at the power in Delhi.

Hearing a petition filed by AAP seeking dissolution of the assembly, a five-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu had put the issue on a fast forward mode as it slammed the Centre and the lt governor over delay in taking a decision on government formation.

The case will come up for hearing on Thursday again.

The BJP appeared undecided on taking a shot at power even as a number of its senior leaders including party president Amit Shah and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh were learnt to be in favour of the party forming a government.

Though Delhi BJP leaders maintained that a "final decision" on whether to go for polls or form a government was yet to be taken, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the party was ready for elections.

The AAP and Congress have accused BJP of "running away" from the elections by not taking a decision on whether to end President's Rule.

Currently BJP, along with ally Akali Dal's lone MLA, has 29 legislators and will require the support of five more MLAs to prove majority in the 67-member assembly if it decides to form the government.

The party is hoping of getting support of expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny and Independent MLA from Mundka Ramvir Shokeen in case it decides to form government.

BJP had emerged the single largest party in the December assembly polls winning 31 seats but fell four seats short of a simple majority. It refused to form government then, saying it will not resort to any "unfair means" to take over the reins.

Its strength came down to 28 after the Lok Sabha polls as three MLAs Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to the Parliament. With their resignation, the strength of the assembly also went down to 67. The bypolls to the three seats will be held on November 25.


AAP had formed the government in Delhi with the support of Congress. The government led by Kejriwal had resigned on 14 February after the party's pet project, the Janlokpal Bill, could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress. President's Rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17.

Jung had not favoured dissolution of the Delhi assembly as recommended by the council of ministers headed by Kejriwal and kept the assembly in suspended animation.

Kejriwal on Wednesday demanded that the LG call an all-party-meeting and take a decision on the future of course of action.

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